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Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
9 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Little Ringed Plover: I'm quite sure they weren't there when I arrived at 10:40, since I looked carefully for them. Not sure where they go when not on the floods.
Monday, 28 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
At least 4 Gadwall
5 Goldeneye (1m)
The drake Garganey showing close in shore on F1
The transitional plumage Slavonian Grebe on the western side of F2
The adult Little Gull lurking amongst the Bh Gulls on F1.
Great views of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker in the woods to the S of F2.
photo (c) B.B
Thursday, 24 March 2011
The long staying adult Little Gull all day in it's favourite section of F.2. just off the causeway.
Second summer Mediterranean Gull. This bird has been around for the last few days, along with a First winter, but the passage of adults has been very poor this year.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
5 Ruff: One individual with a strikingly pale head: presumably coming into breeding plumage.
6 little ringed plover
(Gnome & Richard Foster)
+ Greenshank (RBA)
Some video footage of it dabbling away on the floods.
Photos and more details at Port Meadow Birding
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Peregrine: Flew over south.
Balscote: Balscote Quarry
Red Kite: Flew over high north east (not so common up here!).
Brambling: Heard flying over. Probable heard this morning but wasn't sure, hearing again clinched it.
No sign of any Willow tits since a report of two on the OOS news website on 31/01/11 (SHG). I fear they may have gone but if I sight any I will report it. Likewise if anyone ever pays a visit and gets a sighting please let me know. Thanks, Gareth
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Pleasant walk in the sun either way with Blackcap singing in hedge by the wood store next to start of path off A417, a couple of Chiffchaffs and a Brimstone and a Comma.
Friday, 18 March 2011
with Jacobs close this morning.
(per Oz Oxonbirds)
30 Waxwing 7 hanging around on the berry tree just by the entrance of Rye St Antony at around 8am, number went up to 20 by 9am and at 4pm 30 over the school to SW. SP536071.
(per Mari Esashi)
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Yellowhammer below feeders
Numerous Reed Buntings - all male except 1
8 Little Egrets on lagoons near new hide
3 Herons near new hide
Approx 5-6 Barnacle geese flying over reedbeds and by new hide later
1 Gt Crested Grebe - 2nd hide
(per John Lloyd Oxonbirds)
Colours: LRB Ring NW49487
Date Location Age/sex Obs Dist dir Notes
27/11/10 Aberdeen 4f LC/RD/JL/EW
21/12/10 Taunton 4f Hyrax 685km SSW Resighting
03/03/11 Bayswater Rd, Oxford 4f Peter Barker 152km NE Resighting.
05/03/11 Bayswater Rd, Oxford 4f Jason Coppock 0km Resighting.
Above is the ringing report for a colour-ringed waxwing seen in Oxon by Peter Barker and Jason Coppock. Photo below:
Following an exceptional number of resightings along the south coast earlier in the winter we wondered if the birds would then head across the channel into France . Your resighting, like a few others (see attached map) suggest that most of the birds have turned east and west and back north rather than make another hazardous sea crossing. Unfortunately sightings have reduced greatly as people have seen the bird, got the photo and moved on to other things so I am very pleased to hear from you about this bird.
Raymond Duncan on behalf of Grampian Ringing group.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Sighted again at around 15:45 near the Fairway.
photo (c) R.Wyatt
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
3 Little Grebe
5 Grey Heron
1 Goldeneye (f)
2 Red Kite
1 Sparrowhawk (m)
1 Peregrine Falcon (m)
1 Ringed Plover
3 Green Sandpiper
3 Common Gull
1 Chiffchaff (singing)
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Thanks to Nic Hallam for a most interesting and enlightening evening meeting the committee of the BBRC - A great time was had by all.
1 Red-crested Pochard (female) (Thrupp Lake)
1 Goldeneye (female) (Thrupp Lake)
3 Green sandpiper (Lake G)
2 Redshank (Lake G)
45 Lapwing (Lake G)
2 Chiffchaff (Singing)
7 Reed Bunting
No sign of redhead Smew, Dunlin or an additional 2 Redshank that were present on the 12th March.
3 Green Sandpiper
Saturday, 12 March 2011
The British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) holds it’s AGM every year in March at a different location within the UK. This year it is taking place in Oxford over the weekend of 11th-13th. Most of the members will be present and as is traditional, the Saturday evening is set aside for a very informal get together with local birders. The chosen venue this year is The King’s Arms at Sandford Lock from about 8pm onwards. So if you want to find out more about the workings of the committee, discuss any aspects of birding in general, or simply just enjoy a drink with fellow birders then do please come along.
BBRC Committee members: Steve Votier, Martin Garner, Richard Millington, Chris Batty, Nic Hallam, Chris Bradshaw, Paul French, James Lidster, Richard Schofield, Mike Pennington. Chairman: Adam Rowlands. Secretary: Nigel Hudson